Have you ever wondered about the origin of new and exciting makeup trends? A lot of the time, nature inspires them; when Insta-beauty fanatics started using eyeshadow palettes to create watermelons on their lids, we weren't surprised. Long-held beauty practices are also one of the major influences for makeup, updated a little bit to fit the modern times. You've got to agree; the smokey eye has to come from kajal-smudged eyes most desi girls sport every morning. We are not sure, but do wish that is the case.
Makeup trends also stem from pop culture moments, and one edgy look that has slipped the cracks of safe makeup is the eyebrow slits. Here’s everything you need to know about this unusual trend.
What are eyebrow slits?
Eyebrow slits are thin vertical cuts along the eyebrow hair. They can be made by a professional, your parlour didi or even DIY if you are gifted with a steady hand and a brave heart. The style was all the rage in the ‘90s, especially with hip hop artists. They have been brought back by modern beauty bloggers who aren't afraid to try even the weirdest makeup trends.
From where does this trend emerge?
The concept of an eyebrow slit is rather dark in its origins. A slit or cut in the eyebrow hair naturally occurs if the person has been in a fight and suffered a gash in that area. They are remnants of an injury, usually seen in old gangster movies where the actors had to shave off a section of their brows to mimic that. More recently, actors like GOT-famed Jason Momoa have given it a new life, even though Jason got the cut from an actual bar fight. We find that fascinating. It's almost like turning a scar into a beauty feature!
How to get eyebrow slits?
Eyebrow slits can be permanent or temporary, depending on how you like it. If you wish to do it on your own, arm yourself with a slim electric shaver and some tape. Clean a slanting section at the tail end. Be careful not to overdo it because then it'll just end up looking like a bald spot.
You can also use a concealer to create the desired effect—Prep your brows by correctly lining and filling it with powder; brush it out with a spoolie. Use the concealer to create the edge slits and blend that in properly. While this trick works when you want to photograph the look, an actual person standing close to you will be able to tell!
Do they grow back?
Deciding on whether to get an eyebrow slit or not depends heavily on how well you know your brows. On average, brow hairs can take 2 weeks to over a month to grow back. I personally would never mess with my brows like this; they're just too precious. So if you want to do it permanently, tread with caution!